|Brother Steve Oswald, Teamsters Local 600, St. Louis|
We also received some great comments, a few of which we'll share here:
Carolyn Steven: My husband is very private so we have not posted his photo with his truck this week. We live in a "right to work state". He is Union and I work as a teacher in this "right to work state" and very involved with the rights of workers since I am from a UAW family. Thanks for recognizing Truck Drivers. I work as an itinerant, special education teacher in a non-union state and drive as many mile as my Teamster husband. I give a silent praise to every trucker as I travel hoping they realize how important the work they do is and hopeful they are organized.A good reminder:
Caroline Trimmer: Happy Driver Appreciation Week to all of the RETIRED DRIVERS from Anchor Motor Freight/Leaseway (the good old days)A must-read:
Steve Oswald, Teamsters Local 600 St. Louis, MO. When I was a young man about 20 years old, I was living in my car with nowhere to go and no future...I met an old man who was a Teamster, we began to talk and I told him about my situation and he told me about driving trucks and the Teamsters. I had a Chauffer's License and with a little help from a girl friend at the time, and the advice from the old man, I got a job driving a truck. It wasn't the greatest job in the world but it was a Teamsters union job and it taught me a lot about trucking, management and unions. I quit that job after about 5 or 6 years and worked driving trucks non-union for a few years, what a mistake that was, but I did learn a lot about the non-union trucking industry the hard way, and I know it made me a better union man and appreciate the Teamsters union! So I knew I had to get back into the Teamsters and eventually I did, and that's a story in itself for another time! But anyway, what I'm trying to say is that if it wasn't for that old man, which I'm sorry to say I don't remember his name, my girlfriend at the time, fate, and the Teamsters, I don't know where I'd be right now! The Teamsters took me off of the streets gave me a good job and taught me a lot! Thank God for the Teamsters and organized labor, because without them I would probably be dead or in prison just like a lot of the guys I grew up with! ... God Bless The Teamsters!!!
|Brother Steve Oswald back in the day|
The photo below makes us hungry: